Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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You doze off while watching "Jessica Jones." Next thing you know, she's getting busy with Luke Cage. How did this happen? What did you miss? Your Netflix socks can help.

By Jonathan Strickland

Fitness trackers are hugely popular for people who want to increase their activity — and compete with pals. But the accuracy of such devices could be a little off.

By Maria Trimarchi

That's right. Old technology is good technology these days. Retro tech is cool, so bust out your Game Boy already.

By John Donovan

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You're used to your smartphone's vibration alerts, but could the same technology in a shoe really help give the wearer directions?

By Bernadette Johnson

With this new breed of smart collars, you'll know when your dog is napping, frolicking or needing a boost in activity levels.

By Laurie L. Dove

We have smartphones, smart watches and now smart rings. But can a gadget that small really help you manage your communication and information needs?

By Dave Roos

With all the benefits of walking — and a surge in fitness trackers on the marketplace — the question still remains: Will wearing a fitness tracker encourage you to walk more?

By Laurie L. Dove

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Imagine charging your iPod while you take a jog around the block. The technology isn't too far off and could make dead batteries a thing of the past.

By Laurie L. Dove

Forget the smart watch. This smart shirt might actually help you lose weight.

By Laurie L. Dove

Your goal is to exercise within your targeted heart rate zone, so accurate heart-rate readings are crucial. Can you depend on a bracelet to give you those results while you're working out?

By Laurie L. Dove

Surprise! If you're wearing a fitness tracker, you're likely providing the company that made it loads of data other than how many steps you took today — and all for free.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Obsessing over the data from your new sleep-tracking app could be keeping you up at night. We'll tell you why.

By Laurie L. Dove

Imagine a garment that analyzes your every workout move and ensures your performance is optimal. That's the goal of Athos clothing. Will it make all our workouts more effective?

By Nathan Chandler

It's a Kickstarter darling, but how does the Pebble differentiate itself from the pack of smart watches on the market?

By Nathan Chandler

Misfit Trackers have garnered lots of plaudits for their sleek design and multiple color options. But how do they stack up on data collection?

By Alia Hoyt

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Keeping track of your calories, sleep habits, even your bowel movements has never been easier with the plethora of apps out there. But what are we doing with all this information?

By Alia Hoyt

It's good to have help when you're trying to stay healthy. The Sony SmartBand is a fitness-tracker with the added bonus of phone and lifelogging capabilities. Is it right for you?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Helmet cameras allow you to capture shots that would be impossible otherwise. What's it like to see a wave coming at you while you surf? But the camera has uses way beyond extreme sports. Who else has jumped on the trend beside athletes?

By Alia Hoyt

Apple is hoping to reinvent personal tech with Apple Watch. Is the dream of the wrist communicator finally coming true?

By Bernadette Johnson

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In the United States, it's a felony to knowingly aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. And for good reason: Those little red dots have landed pilots in the hospital.

By Beth Brindle

Portable timepieces have existed since the mid-1500s; however, the wristwatch (as we know it) has only been around for a little more than a century. Learn the many ways that watches have evolved.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Technology is ever-evolving, so gadgets that were cutting edge just a few years ago are already obsolete. Here are 10 that linger, though we'd happily eulogize them.

By Nathan Chandler

You can get a sense of the transformative power of GPS by taking a look at all the offbeat uses people have dreamed up for it -- like tracking down lost Nativity scenes and preventing shark attacks.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Being trapped in a windowless room doesn't mean you have nothing to see. Virtual windows can give the illusion of an exterior wall, and they can provide therapeutic benefits.

By Bernadette Johnson

Are you ready to slide a smart watch onto your wrist this summer? Google and its Android Wear software are banking on it. But has the time come and gone for wearables?

By Nicholas Gerbis